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Larry Breshears


Larry Earl Breshears was born in Marshall. MO the son of Harold and Sarah Woolston Breshears.

He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1976 and married Vicki Meyer the daughter of Patricia and the late Denny Meyer in 1978. Larry worked as a parts man at Woolston Brothers Implement Company in Salisbury, MO from 1976 – 1982. In January of 1983 Larry and his brother Don Breshears opened the Brunswick Oil Service Company. In January of 1985 Larry, Vicki and daughter Aubrey moved to Dallas, TX where Larry was a student at the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service where he graduated Valedictorian of his class in 1986.  Upon returning to Missouri Larry was employed as a Funeral Director and Embalmer at the George C. Carson & Sons Funeral Home in Independence, MO from 1986 – 1988  when he joined the staff of Speaks Memorial Chapels in Independence, MO where he worked as a Lead Director until he and his family returned to Brunswick, MO in June of 1996 when he became manager of the Gibson Funeral Homes in Brunswick and Mendon, MO. In August of 2000 Larry was elected to and still holds the office of Chariton County Coroner. In April of 2011 Larry & Vicki purchased the funeral homes at Brunswick and Mendon and now operate them as Breshears Memorial Chapels, LLC. He is a member of the Brunswick United Methodist Church, a former member of the Brunswick RII School Board for twelve years during which time he served as treasurer for two years and President for seven years, a former member of the Brunswick Lion’s Club, a member of the Warren Masonic Lodge # 74, the Missouri Coroner’s and Medical Examiner’s Association, the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce serving as Fire Works Chairman for sixteen years, in 1997 and 1998 he assisted  with the Cub Scouts, and for the last 17 years has  been a member of the Brunswick Pecan Festival Committee serving as Car Show Chairman three years, treasurer two years, Festival Chairman 2years and Parade Chairman for 9 years.

Larry and Vicki have three children; Aubrey Samek and her husband Jim of Columbia, MO and two sons Brandon and Tyler Breshears both of Brunswick, MO and their granddaughter Maggie Grace Samek.



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